Okra is such a versatile vegetable. I love having it in curries and stews, or even just steamed or simply sautéed. This one is a dish I grew up with (and hated, but only because it was green!) but now love. The simple flavors of tomato and fish sauce bring out the sweetness in the okra, making it an ideal partner to strongly flavored dishes.
We begin by washing and cutting the okra into 1/2-inch pieces. I love the star shape that they make.
In a hot pan, sauté 1/2 chopped onion and 1 sliced ripe tomato in oil with some salt to bring out their flavors.
When the onion and tomato are soft, add the okra, 1/2 cup of water, and 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce.
Cover and simmer for about seven minutes until the okra is tender.
Season with salt or more fish sauce if necessary.
Voila! Simple, quick, and pretty – just for you!
I served mine as a side to pork afritada.